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BLAST! Balloon-Borne Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope-Educator's Edition

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Catalogue Number:  393976
ISBN Number:  978-1-61616-986-2
Producer:  Films Media Group
Subject:  Science
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  U.S.
Copyright Year:  2009
Running Time:  56


DVD Price:  $179.95
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What happens when astronomers send a fragile telescopic mirror to the edge of space - not aboard a rocket or satellite, but dangling from a huge balloon? This documentary provides the answers in a riveting story of cutting - edge physics, subfreezing launch sites, disastrous balloon trajectories, and scientists who refuse to give up. Dr. Mark Devlin of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Barth Netterfield of the University of Toronto, and their support team pursue the elusive goal of studying distant star formation by detecting submillimeter light emissions. Following the experiment from arctic Sweden to Canada's polar bear country to the desolate landscape of Antarctica, the film includes fascinating discussions of the theoretical concepts involved as well as NASA - created animation sequences to illustrate the objectives, operation, and findings of BLAST.

This classroom-friendly version is shortened to less than an hour.

"Distinctive to this beautifully photographed and well-paced program is the human connection, allowing viewers to feel the participant's emotions. Crisp footage and clear graphics complement a distinctive background score as the project unfolds...This award-winning documentary will be useful in classroom settings as well as for individual research and personal enjoyment for those interested in scientific pursuit and the challenge of discovery." - School Library Journal


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